If anything can be certain about the future, it is that the influence of technology, especially digital technology, will continue to grow and to profoundly change how we express ourselves, how we communicate with each other and how we perceive, think about and interact with our world.
These "mediating technologies" are only in the first stages of their modern evolution; they are still crude, unwieldy, unpersonalized and poorly matched to the human needs of their users. Their fullest development in those terms is emerging as one of the principal technical and design challenges of the emerging information age.
At MIT, the phrase Media Arts and Sciences signifies the study, invention and creative use of enabling technologies for understanding and expression by people and machines. The field is rooted in modern communication, computer and human sciences, and the academic program is intimately linked with research programs within the Media Laboratory. Computers and computation are the most prominent common denominators of this multi-disciplinary merger of previously separate domains. For underlying the explosive advances of the various technologies involved, we are discovering and cultivating a new set of shared intellectual and practical concerns that are becoming the foundations of a new academic discipline. In its simplest form, the field of Media Arts and Sciences can be thought of as exploring the technical, cognitive and aesthetic bases of satisfying human interaction as mediated by technology. In more forward-looking terms, it addresses the quality of life in the information-rich environment of the future.
|Course #||Course Title||Level|
|MAS.110||Fundamentals of Computational Media Design||Undergraduate|
|MAS.111||Introduction to Doing Research in Media Arts and Sciences||Undergraduate|
|MAS.131||Computational Camera and Photography (Fall 2009)||Undergraduate|
|MAS.160||Signals, Systems and Information for Media Technology (Fall 2007)||Undergraduate|
|MAS.330J||Design Across Scales, Disciplines and Problem Contexts||Undergraduate|
|MAS.965||NextLab I: Designing Mobile Technologies for the Next Billion Users||Undergraduate|
|MAS.478||Special Topics in Multimedia Production: Experiences in Interactive Art (Fall 2003)||Graduate|
|MAS.510||Signals, Systems and Information for Media Technology (Fall 2007)||Graduate|
|MAS.511||Signals, Systems and Information for Media Technology (Fall 2007)||Graduate|
|MAS.531||Computational Camera and Photography (Fall 2009)||Graduate|
|MAS.622J||Pattern Recognition and Analysis||Graduate|
|MAS.632||Conversational Computer Systems||Graduate|
|MAS.712||How to Learn (Almost) Anything||Graduate|
|MAS.714J||Technologies for Creative Learning||Graduate|
|MAS.742||Industrial Design Intelligence: A Cognitive Approach to Engineering||Graduate|
|MAS.771||Autism Theory and Technology||Graduate|
|MAS.836||Sensor Technologies for Interactive Environments||Graduate|
|MAS.845||Special Topics in Cinematic Storytelling||Graduate|
|MAS.863||How to Make (Almost) Anything||Graduate|
|MAS.865J||Quantum Information Science||Graduate|
|MAS.878||Special Topics in Multimedia Production: Experiences in Interactive Art (Fall 2003)||Graduate|
|MAS.961||Networks, Complexity and Its Applications||Graduate|
|MAS.961||Special Topics: Designing Sociable Media||Graduate|
|MAS.961||Seminar on Deep Engagement||Graduate|
|MAS.962||Special Topics: New Textiles||Graduate|
|MAS.962||Common Sense Reasoning for Interactive Applications (Fall 2006)||Graduate|
|MAS.962||The Nature of Constructionist Learning||Graduate|
|MAS.962||Special Topics in Media Technology: Computational Semantics||Graduate|
|MAS.963||Technological Tools for School Reform||Graduate|
|MAS.963||Techno-identity: Who we are and how we perceive ourselves and others||Graduate|
|MAS.963||Out of Context: A Course on Computer Systems That Adapt To, and Learn From, Context||Graduate|
|MAS.964||Common Sense Reasoning for Interactive Applications (Fall 2006)||Graduate|
|MAS.964||Common Sense Reasoning for Interactive Applications (Fall 2002)||Graduate|
|MAS.965||Special Topics in Media Technology: Cooperative Machines||Graduate|
|MAS.S63||Engineering Health: Towards the Tricorder||Graduate|
Some prior versions of courses listed above have been archived in OCW's DSpace@MIT repository for long-term access and preservation. Links to archived prior versions of a course may be found on that course's "Other Versions" tab.
Additionally, the Archived Media Arts and Sciences Courses page has links to every archived course from this department.